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1 Market Updates and Insights Team Vega August 15, 2012

2 US retail sales rise 0.8% Stronger than forecast Job Gains Household indebtedness falls to lowest level since Positive global news: French GDP unchanged, German GDP up 0.3% Indices Rally

3 Twist Shape of yield curve Selling $267B in ST securities Program extended through end of 2012 The 10-year note has fallen seven times in the last eight days Keep FFR at 0.25% through 2014 Operation Twist

4 Financials, 29% holdings decrease among Smart Money 30 Lack of revenue growth. Slowed trading revenues / bad loans Banks - Macro players in bad economy (Political turmoil in middle east / Japan Tsunami / Euro Crisis) New regulation – Frank Dodd Financial Reform Law Unloading the Banks

5 Eurozone edges back towards recession Eurozone GDP shrank 0.3% over last 3 months Germanys GDP expanded 0.3% Europe Update

6 Greece is seeking a two-year extension on latest austerity program Spain is trying to arrange a deal for small savers who purchased risky savings products from losing all their money in bank bailouts. European blue chip companies taking advantage of investors search for haven by issuing bonds. Europe Update

7 Not a good July for China Total GDP growth at 7.6% Industrial growth down to 9.2% from 9.5% Retail sales growth down to 13.1% from 13.7% Is inflation the silver lining? Asia Update

8 USDA report released Friday gave better than expected results Fannie Mae does not require extra US Treasury funds for second quarter in a row – is this the end of the housing market downturn? US Update

9 June UK banks offer to compensate for mis-sold interest rate swaps June Barclays fined for LIBOR manipulation. Aug 6, DFS accuses StanChart of hiding $250bn of transactions with Iranian government. July 12, HSBCs chief compliance officer steps down following US Senate Aug 7, Lloyds former head of fraud and security pleads guilty to defrauding the bank. More to Come! Banks Gone Bad : Summer of Scandal

10 On Aug 6, DFS revealed it was investigating Standard Chartered for falsifying records in transactions with Iran. Today Standard Chartered agreed to pay $340m to settle accusations. Banks Gone Bad : Standard Chartered

11 FSA suggests Libor should be scrapped. The Liberal Democrats in the UK are pushing for a re-examination on whether banks retail operations should be allowed to market complex derivatives Banks Gone Bad : Whats Next?

12 Largest trader in US equities (HFT Algorithms) #1 trade market share on NYSE & NASDAQ Mispriced 148 securities Aug 1, Trading disruption - $440M loss Shares down by over 70% Aug 5, raised $400M in preferred convertible stocks Knight Capital

13 Realizing the financial markets were heavily influenced by "Greed and Fear" we set out to explore innovative and alternative ways of quantifying human emotion. "Twitter mood predicts the stock market Derwent Capital hedge fund uses sentiment as trading indicator New Strategy: Twitter Fund?

14 Manchester United IPO goes ahead at $14/share Bloomin Brands Inc. (Outback Steak House) IPO sells below expected range Facebook to tumble? Not surprisingly, not much IPO activity in Europe. IPO News

15 European banks continue to withdraw funds that speculate on food prices. Other Fund News

16 Thank You Closing Remarks ~ Comments ~ Questions

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